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Coward Residence, Siesta Key, Sarasota, FL, 1951 (with Ralph Twitchell)


 

Demolished, 2005

 

"In this case, it happened because Mrs. Marion W. Coward liked the idea of living in Sarasota and was fortunate enough to find a lot with a big oak tree. She wanted a house built around the tree. She wanted it to be compact, easy to care for, and in the spirit of the natural surrounding. The architects, Twitchell & Rudolph, found a sensible solution, but one that would not have been possible if it were not for the invitation of plastics. The curved roof they devised is made of steel straps and insulting board, sealed by a vinyl plastic spray. Because the spray is plastic in the true sense of the word, it has the ‘give’ necessary for a tent-like tension roof such as this. Not only is it durable and weatherproof (the U.S. government uses it to ‘mothball’ planes, ships and equipment), but it takes to color the way a duck takes to water. A soft, blue-green shade was chosen for the exterior of the roof as well as for the underside, which spreads a tinted canopy over all the rooms. The house derives additional cool colors from the outdoor foliage (visible through window walls) and from furniture upholstery related to the blue-green ceiling."

"Pavilion Living on the Gulf of Mexico." House and Garden 103 (June 1953): 77.



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